Sandy and Richard Riccardi blazed onto the social media scene with 1.5 million hits for their video, "Hockey Mama For Obama". Since then they have continued a popular series of political parodies on their YouTube channel "pfte1", but have also been touring the country with their all-comedy, all-original, not-so-political cabaret, "Tastefully Raunchy".
Cabaret Scenes Magazine writes:
November 10, 2011
You could almost call it a musical version of
Saturday Night Live. Sandy and Richard Riccardi’s Metropolitan Room show was a fun-filled hour of lampoons, jabs and jibes on a host of topical subjects. With mostly their own original songs, but with an occasional borrowed tune to which the pair wrote parodies ranging from puckish to cynical to contemptuous, they took sharp aim at, among other items, politicians, TV evangelists, Broadway musical wannabes, sexual orientation, and the Twitter explosion.
The music and material gave Sandy Riccardi plenty of opportunity to establish her proficiency as a versatile singer and actress. If anything, she so immersed herself in the procession of characters she assumed, that the audience might not have had time to appreciate the quality of her near-operatic voice. But sharp-witted content was more the show’s objective than was a musical recital.
The numbers included a spoof on some of the current crop of Republicans jockeying for the Presidential candidacy, a song revealing why some guys feel they need to drive a truck, the source of “The Southern Girl’s Mating Call,” and a rollicking ode to a woman’s “change of life.”
And, while I won’t give it away, one of the show’s highlights was Sandy’s response to Sarah Palin’s remark of a few years back that she was “speaking for all the hockey moms.”
Richard Riccardi (Sandy’s husband) may have been sequestered behind the piano, but as her spouse, partner, musical director and accompanist, he was a willing—and eminently salutary—accomplice to the musical goings-on, much of which he composed and/or co-authored. Together, Sandy and Richard Riccardi made for one hell of a rib-tickling and satisfying cabaret night out.
November 10, 2011
Since their Metropolitan Room debut in NYC, Sandy and Richard's "Tastefully Raunchy" show has taken them to Germano's in Baltimore, The Pink Door in Seattle, The Throckmorton in Mill Valley, Silo's in Napa, Spreckels in Rohnert Park and The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, their home-base.
An Evening With Sandy & Richard Riccardi [PG-35]
"Laughter is the best medicine, but Xanax is nice, too."
Sandy & Richard Riccardi have decided there are enough places in life to be self-indulgent, and that the cabaret stage isn't one of them! They are here to make you scream with laughter at their all-original, all-comedy musical show, describing their cracked and bush-whacked road to marital bliss and social consciousness.
Their unique juxtaposition of modern, techno-socio-relevant lyrics and tune-smithy jazz piano arrangements will charm your socks off. If that doesn't then the Justin Bieber references and the strip tease will.
Charming Gay Son
The Southern Girl's Mating Call
Twitter Me, My Love
The Marriage Tarantella
Let's Sleep Under The Stars
He Says, "Killer"
Speed Date (I've Got It All Planned Out)
I Wanna Be A Swing On Old Broadway
Adelaide's Health Care Lament
The Higher The Hair, The Closer To God!*
I've Got It Good And That's So Bad
But I'm The One Who's Happy
and their 1.5-million-hits-and-counting YOUTUBE sensation:
Don't Speak For Me, Sarah Palin
Richard Riccardi received his Master of Musical Arts from Yale University School of Music. Notable people that Richard has accompanied include Joel Grey, Martha Raye, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Diahanne Carroll, Wesla Whitfield, Janet Baker, Seiji Ozawa, Pinchas Zuckerman, Clark Terry, and John Dalley of the Guarneri Quartet. He has been a pianist for the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet.
Sandy Wright Riccardi received her Master of Music (vocal performance) degree from Manhattan School of Music in NYC. She spent 11 years in NYC as a member of The New York Gilbert And Sullivan Players as well as many other Equity musical theater productions, including Belle in A Christmas Carol with Playwright Preview Productions, Brigadoon with Westchester Broadway Theater, Maria in the Sound of Music, Lily in The Secret Garden, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Casilda in The Gondoliers, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, and about 25 other shows.